Are Fizzy Drinks Good Or Bad For Your Body?
About Fizzy Drinks
Several years back , there were just a few of these fizzy drinks in the market. Today, there are a plethora of brands each having a number of varieties of these beverages which are drunk chilled. These varieties of carbonated drinks like the colas, sodas and juices made of artificial flavors and essences etc have become a fad amongst us and the youth of today.
As these beverages are chilled before consumption they no doubt give us a feeling of instant cooling but are harmful to the body in the long term. These soft drinks do not contain nutrients. Instead they just provide empty calories. Many types of artificial colors, essences and sugar have been added to make it attractive and palatable. These chemical additives give rise to disorders of the stomach and liver when used over a long period of time.
Read on to find why fizzy drinks are bad for you.
Why Are Fizzy Drinks Bad For You
These drinks cause a number of health problems. Some of them are given below.
- In Fizzy Drinks
Cola drinks are known to weaken bones due to leaching out of the calcium by the carbonated drinks. Apparently they seem to give relief from gas but in reality they cause hyperacidity.
- In Juices
It is not healthy to drink a lot of these juices. They contain excessive amount of sugar which is not only harmful for the teeth but is the cause of obesity in children and adolescents.
The high content of sugar in reality causes dehydration by removing water from the tissues. Thus they increase thirst instead of quenching it.
- In Energy Drinks
The craze for reaching out for energy drinks is on the rise. Even young children can be seen getting addicted to them. The moment one feels a bit run down or tired, these drinks immediately come to mind. You can find new brands of these drinks springing up all over regularly.
Though these drinks claim to remove fatigue & tiredness and make one fit they instead cause increased excitability. In fact no amount of chemical additives can make one fit.
Though they do make you alert, invigorated and reduce sleepiness their use has resulted in more harm than good.
Energy drinks are a mix of caffeine, the Vitamins B Complex, sugar and some herbs like gaurana, ginseng etc. The main ingredient and the one that causes the boost of energy is caffeine. Though up to 200 mg of caffeine is considered as safe to consume daily these drinks can contain more than this amount of caffeine in just one serving.
Not only this, some herbs like guarana and yerba mate that are included, contain caffeine themselves. As is known, excess caffeine consumption can make one jittery cause sleeplessness, palpitations, high BP, rise in heart beat rate etc. Also, caffeine causes dehydration since it also has a diuretic action.
Though excess of B Complex intake is normally excreted as it is a water soluble, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6 if consumed in excess, can cause nervous symptoms, numbness, flushing of the skin, inflammation of liver, vision problems etc.
Guarana seed has double the amount of caffeine in a cofee bean and thus has a lot of detrimental effect due to the higher caffeine levels.
Ginseng levels are way too low to be effective. At the same time ginseng has been reported to react detrimentally with blood thinning drugs.
As for sugar,the maximum daily allowance of sugar, as per the American Heart Association guidelines, which are :
Maximum of 100 calories per day or 6 teaspoons or 24 grams.
Maximum of 150 calories per day or 9 teaspoons or 36 grams.
Most energy drinks contain about 13 -15 grams of sugar per 100 ml. Consumption of just 1 can of 250 ml gives you more than the daily allowance of sugar.
The excess sugar gives an instant energy boost, but it drops as suddenly as it shoots up, giving again a feeling of being low down. Also, the excess sugar comes with a unwelcome weight tag - OBESITY.
Now you know why fizzy drinks are bad for you, it is time to give some serious thought to its consumption.
Click the link below for some absolutely startling information. I bet you will think twice before you go for these beverages again.
An interesting link on sugars in Sodas
Ginger Lime water
What Are The Options
Give preference to traditional drinks. Some options are :
- Fresh lime juice to which water is added and sweetened with honey. Add ginger, black salt, mint or roasted and powdered cumin seeds for variety in taste and health benefit too.
- Mango Panna - Video Recipe given below.
- Buttermilk, sweet or salted lassi (made of dairy yogurt).
- Fresh coconut water or Green mango Panna, both of which are excellent thirst quenching rehydration drinks and also cool the body.
Some other alternative options, not really natural , are :
- Cold tea.
- Cold coffee, but in moderation, as excess caffeine will cause the side effects as already outlined.
Though all these options are good, there is nothing to beat the good old pure water.
It is thus best to give preference to pure drinking water over everything else if it is available.
The other options given here thus become secondary.
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